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Canoeing and Kayaking are lifelong sports that are easily learned by all ages and most abilities. FortWhyte Alive is pleased to partner with WAVpaddling for the instruction of the 2014 paddling programs. WAVpaddling’s certified professional instructors will provide you with the knowledge and experience to confidently enjoy your own paddling excursions. FortWhyte’s small sheltered lakes are the ideal setting for learning the basics of these adventurous pursuits.

These courses are designed to introduce you to the basics of paddling. In addition to safety training and equipment education, you will be taught the strokes and manoeuvres that will help you to enhance your on-water experience and improve your confidence. Registration for all paddling courses is done through WAVpaddling’s website. Ages 12 and up.

All paddling courses are taught at the FortWhyte Outdoor Adventure Centre, 2505 McGillivray Blvd. 

All Courses Includes:

  • National certification and registration with Paddle Canada for ceritfication level courses
  • Entry to FortWhyte Alive Outdoor Adventure Centre
  • Liability and Activity insurance

Please bring:

  • Your own boat and paddle,  rentals are available through Wilderness Supply. Please be sure to select whether you need a rental or not when adding to your cart
  • PFD (personal flotation device), or they will be provided by FortWhyte Alive.
  • Paddle clothing suitable to the weather conditions.
  • Water/snack/lunch


NEW! Stand Up Paddleboarding

WavPaddling and FortWhyte Alive are pleased to offer certification in Stand Up Paddleboarding. This exciting and relatively new sport combines surfing with traditional paddling. Gain a fresh perspective of the water as you peer beneath your feet while enjoying the benefit of a full body workout.

Stand Up Paddleboarding: The Basics – Paddle Canada Certification

Fees: $75 per person
Length: 3 hours, Weekday evenings 6 pm – 9 pm

To register for Stand Up Paddleboarding: The Basics:  Click Here

In this course we will introduce you to paddling in enclosed sheltered waters and calm conditions. Skills and knowledge covered include types of boards, paddling while laying down, kneeling, and standing on a board, balancing on a board, regular and surf stance, forward & turning strokes, falling off a board and safety awareness.

Course Dates:

1. Wednesday, June 4
2. Wednesday , June 18
3. Wednesday , July 2
4. Wednesday, July 16
5. Wednesday, July 30
6. Wednesday, August 13
7. Wednesday, August 27

 Advanced Stand Up Paddleboarding – Paddle Canada Certification

Fees: $75 per person
Length: 3 hours, Weekday evenings 6 pm – 9 pm

To register for Advanced Stand Up Paddlebarding: Click Here

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained in our “Stand Up Paddleboarding: The Basics” course. It is designed for those who want to improve their skills and theory in dealing with wind and waves on inland lakes and rivers. Pivot turns, foot positioning, edging, bracing and wave surfing skills will be the focus, while also improving your existing strokes.
Warning: You will have lots of fun and you will probably get wet during this course!

Course Dates:

1. Wednesday, June 11
2. Wednesday, June 25
3. Wednesday, July 9
4. Wednesday, July 23
5. Wednesday, August 6
6. Wednesday, August 20

Stand Up Paddleboarding Flatwater Combo- Paddle Canada Certification

Fees: $130 per person
Length: 7 hours, Weekends 9 am – 4 pm

To register for Stand Up Paddleboarding Flatwater Combo: Click Here

Spend the morning learning the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding and then follow it immediately with our Advanced Course. Combining the courses together will enhance your skills and theory as you gain lots of on water experience.

Course Dates:

1. Saturday, June 14
2. Saturday , June 28
3. Sunday, July 6
4. Saturday, July 12
5. Sunday, July 20
6. Saturday, July 26
7. Sunday, August 3
8. Saturday, August 9
9. Sunday, August 17
10. Saturday, August 23
11. Sunday, August 31
12. Saturday, September 6


2014 Canoe Courses

Canoeing Basic Skills – Paddle Canada Certification

Fees: $85 per person
Length: 4 hours, Weekday evenings 5 pm – 9 pm

Pre-requisite: None

To Register for Canoeing Basic Skills: Click Here

Canoe Basics is designed for the novice or someone wanting to relearn the fundamentals. Your certified Paddle Canada instructor will lead you through the basics from learning the parts of a canoe and paddle, to the basics of canoe stability, and on to the elementary paddling strokes. Of course, safety is always foremost in the WAV paddling/Paddle Canada program. By the end of the course, you will be able to paddle a canoe wherever you like over flat calm waters and safely return to your starting point. Once you have completed this course, the way is open to more advanced programs in Lake Canoe, Moving Water, and Canoe Tripping, all available through the WAV paddling. 

Course Dates:

1. Wednesday, June 4
2. Monday , June 9
3. Wednesday, June 18
4. Monday, June 23
5. Wednesday, July 2
6. Monday, July 7
7. Wednesday, July 16
8. Monday, July 21
9. Wednesday, July 30
10. Wednesday, August 6
11. Wednesday, August 13
12. Monday, August 18
13. Wednesday, August 27

Canoe Fundamental Skills - Lake Tandem Canoe Certification

Fees: $125/person
Length: 8 hours, Weekends 9 am – 5 pm

Pre-requisite: none

To register for Canoe Fundamental Skills: Click Here

 This course is the foundation for any new paddler or those wishing to develop solid technique and skills.  We will teach the fundamental canoe skills necessary to have a ton of fun out in the wilderness. An emphasis will be placed on safety and increasing overall general knowledge of the sport. This course will also build your confidence in paddling and tripping in the wilderness.

 Course Dates:

1. Saturday, June 7
2. Sunday, June 15
3. Saturday, June 21
4. Sunday, June 29
5. Saturday, July 5
6. Sunday, July 13
7. Saturday, July 19
8. Sunday, July 27
9. Saturday, August 2
10. Sunday, August 10
11. Saturday, August 16
12. Sunday, August 24
13. Saturday, August 30
14. Sunday, September 7

2014 Kayak Courses

Introduction to Kayaking - Basic Kayak Certification

Fees: $149 per person – includes kayak rental
Length: 8 Hours, Weekends 9 am – 5 pm
or split between 2 weekday evenings 5 pm – 9 pm

Pre-requisite: None

To register for Introduction to Kayak: Click here

Master the fundamentals of kayaking. This course is a must for every new kayaker hoping to get the most from their paddling experience. Paddle Canada’s kayaking program will teach you the basics, starting with equipment and moving on to the basic strokes and techniques you will need to kayak safely on flat water. Paddle Canada, as always, has thrown in a good measure of safety training so you will be confident but also know your limits

Course Dates:  

1. Tuesday/Thursday, June 3 & 5
2. Saturday, June 7
3. Tuesday/Thursday, June 10 & 12
4. Saturday, June 14
5. Tuesday/Thursday, June 17 & 19
6. Saturday, June 22
7. Tuesday/Thursday, June 24 & 26
8. Saturday, June 28
9. Wednesday/Thursday, July 2 & 3
10. Sunday, July 6
11. Tuesday/Thursday, 8 & 10
12. Saturday, July 12
13. Tuesday/Thursday, July 15 & 17
14. Sunday, July 20
15. Tuesday/Thursday, July 22 & 24
16. Saturday, July 26
17. Tuesday/Thursday, July 29 & 31
18. Sunday, August 3
19. Tuesday/Thursday, August 5 & 7
20. Saturday, August 9
21. Tuesday/Thursday, August 12 & 14
22. Sunday, August 17
23. Tuesday/Thursday, August 19 & 21
24. Saturday, August 23
25. Tuesday/Thursday, August 26 & 28
26. Sunday, August 31
27. Saturday, September 6

Introduction to Rolling a Kayak

Fees: $75 per person
Length: 3 hours, Weekday evenings 6 pm – 9 pm

Pre-requisite: None

To register for Introduction to Rolling a Kayak: Click Here

Beginners learn the roll. If you have a weak roll - come to strengthen it. Work on your offside roll and even take a crack at learning a hand roll.
This rolling clinic takes you through a progression of skills that lead to the development of a strong and consistent roll. We will start with a breakdown of the fundamental skills needed to execute the kayak rolling including: the brace, hip snap and underwater awareness. We then focus on body set up and paddle control. After some drill work and practice sessions, we put it all together and join the components into the complete roll.

Course Dates:

1. Monday, June 2
2. Wednesday, June 11
3. Monday, June 16
4. Wednesday, June 25
5. Monday, June 30
6. Wednesday, July 9
7. Monday, July 14
8. Wednesday, July 23
9. Monday, July 28
10. Wednesday, August 6
11. Monday, August 11
12. Wednesday, August 20
13. Monday, August 25


 Looking for more Paddling opportunities?

WAVPaddling offers other opportunities including River Kayaking and Instructor Courses for both canoe and kayak. Please see their website for more opportunities to further your paddling skills.

River Kayaking

Canoe Instructor Courses 


Paddling Open Houses

Tuesday and Thursday nights, June 3 to August 26, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm*

In partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op and The Wilderness Supply Company, Winnipeg’s best selection of kayaks will be available for you to enjoy. These evenings are supervised by the paddling pros, and offer the perfect chance to sample kayaking or canoeing in a safe environment. Bring your own boat or try out one of ours.


Children under 10 coming to paddle with an adult are free.

Held at the FortWhyte Adventure Site, 2505 McGillivray Blvd. (not the main FortWhyte Alive entrance on McCreary Rd.)

*Weather permitting.  If we are cancelling due to weather or high winds we will post the notice on the home page of our website.